Applicants for all courses within the Institute of Health & Social Care are not entitled to withhold information about any convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings - including those relating to juvenile offences - or past or present child or adult safeguarding investigations. Posts entailing contact with patients are exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
Students with cautions or criminal convictions may not be able to undertake work or placements, depending on the convictions or cautions in question and as a result may not be able to complete the course, register or practise. It is for this reason that criminal convictions information is requested from applicants at this stage. The School of Health and Social Care may decline an application where an applicant’s record is deemed unsuitable for admission to pre-registration programmes.
Please note that the School of Health and Social Care is unlikely to be able to accept your application where your conviction(s) relate to:
- sexual, violent and serious drug or drink offences;
- a series of offences over a period of time;
- a custodial sentence of more than 12 months; or
- any other offence that might pose a threat to staff, students or others;
Where this is the case, you may choose not to provide further details other than nature of the offence(s) and the date on which the offence(s) took place.
Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check upon enrolment to their chosen pre-registration course to ensure that they are not barred from working within allied health.
Before enrolling onto your course you will be asked to provide information relating to fitness to practise requirements, within the allied health professions and suitability for social work, on the basis that LSBU will not accept students on to courses which they will be unable to complete due to the fitness to practise or good character requirements of their chosen regulated profession.